Alone Blog Tour

Hello all! I am here with my post for the Alone by Cyn Balog Blog Tour! I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book off Netgalley and read it so thank you Netgalley and SourcebooksFire for giving me the opportunity to check this book out before it’s release date!

You’ve all heard me mention this book and how I’m reading it so now you get to see my thoughts down below!

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But I’ll leave a few links for Cyn so that you can check out her books or just more about her in general.

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Goodreads: Author Goodreads Page

Website: Author Website

Twitter: Cyn Balog Twitter

I also have the opportunity to share with you a giveaway on Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of Unnatural Deeds! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so hopefully you all enter to win and tell me how good it is so I can finally get my butt in gear and buy it!

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Summary: Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush.

Despite Vic’s loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z’s. Soon she’s lying to everyone she knows and breaking all the rules to be with Z. She can’t get enough of him—or unraveling the stories of the family he’s determined to keep hidden.

Except Z’s not the only one with a past. Straight-laced Vic is hiding her own secrets…secrets that are about to destroy everything in her path.

Giveaway link here: Giveaway!

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Alone by Cyn Balog

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Published: November 7th, 2017

Rating: 4/5

Summary: When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

Cyn Balog really has an interesting writing style! She also writes really creepy settings and stories! This one involved a teenage girl, stuck living with her family in a old tourist  murder house in the middle of nowhere. All she wants is to go home and be with her friends and civilization, but that doesn’t look to be happening anytime soon. And this book is like a retelling of The Shining, which is one of my favorite movies so I was really excited when I started!

It didn’t let down!

While she seems to be a normal girl, in her mind resides what we believe to be her dead brother. As a unborn baby in her mother’s womb she was able to live, while her unborn twin brother died inside. So the whole idea is that her brother is in her head, telling her to do bad things to people, and she feels that he is getting stronger no matter what she does or how hard she tries she’s losing control of him in her head.

I thought that part was super interesting and so creepy! That she had someone trying to wreck havoc from inside her body, causing her to do it.

I got so many chills reading it, and I think the main reason it took me a while to read is because I would be so busy during the day and wouldn’t be able to read until later at night but I would get creeped out so so I wouldn’t want to read it and be scared. So I finally made time during the days and read it!

It’s honestly hard to read this book because I feel like reviewing this book and going into details could really give something away. This book is one of those books that you might get more out of it if you’re shocked and don’t really know much about it. But I’ll do my best for you all!

The action and really spooky stuff starts to happen once Seda let’s people stay in her carriage house after their car breaks down nearby in the snow. Her mother eventually lets them stay in the house to stay, and since Seda’s birthday is almost upon them they play a game. Her mother suggests a murder mystery game, and you start to wonder if the people who die are actually just playing along.

I have to say I really didn’t like Liam. He was just really mean and rude, and I didn’t like him calling people trailer trash. That was really a bit unnecessary in my opinion. It didn’t affect my opinion of the book, but I just didn’t like how nasty he was.

I honestly would have given it a full 5 starts but I just felt that some aspects of the book were a bit confusing, and I wasn’t fully sure how I liked the ending. I didn’t expect it, but at the same time I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I just recently finished it and I’m still not sure how I liked it.

That twist though…woah! Wasn’t expecting it at all. I knew this book would have a twist but had no idea it would affect me that much! I was blown away by that!

Overall it was definitely a creepy read, and something many people would like I feel! If you’re into all the creepy books you should try picking this book up. I loved it’s similarities to The Shining, and how it brought it’s own strengths to the table. The unreliable narrator in Seda was just perfect and I feel that Cyn is just an awesome storyteller. Highly recommend this!

Also check out this excerpt of the book below!


Excerpt from Alone: 

      Sometimes I dream I am drowning.

Sometimes I dream of bloated faces, bobbing on the surface of misty waters.

And then I wake up, often screaming, heart racing, hands clenching fistfuls of my sheets.

I’m in my bed at the top of Bug House. The murky daylight casts dull prisms from my snow globes onto the attic floor. My mom started collecting those pretty winter scenes for me when I was a baby. I gaze at them, lined neatly on the shelf in front of my window. My first order of business every day is hoping they’ll give me a trace of the joy they did when I was a kid.

But either they don’t work that way anymore, or I don’t.

Who am I kidding? It’s definitely me.

I’m insane. Batshit. Nuttier than a fruitcake. Of course, that’s not an official diagnosis. The official word from Dr. Batton, whose swank Copley Square office I visited only once when I was ten, was that I was bright and intelligent and a wonderful young person. He said it’s normal for kids to have imaginary playmates.

But it gets a little sketchy when that young person grows up, and her imaginary friend decides to move in and make himself comfortable.

Not that anyone knows about that. No, these days, I’m good about keeping up appearances.

My second order of business each day is hoping that he won’t leak into my head. That maybe I can go back to being a normal sixteen–year–old girl.

But he always comes.

He’s a part of me, after all. And he’s been coming more and more, invading my thoughts. Of course I’m here, stupid.

Sawyer. His voice in my mind is so loud that it drowns out the moaning and creaking of the walls around me.

“Seda, honey?” my mother calls cheerily. She shifts her weight on the bottom step, making the house creak more. “Up and at ’em, buckaroo!”

I force my brother’s taunts away and call down the spiral staircase, “I am up.” My short temper is because of him, but it ends up directed at her.

She doesn’t notice though. My mother has only one mood now: ecstatically happy. She says it’s the air up here, which always has her taking big, deep, monster breaths as if she’s trying to inhale the entire world into her lungs. But maybe it’s because this is her element; after all, she made a profession out of her love for all things horror. Or maybe she really is better off without my dad, as she always claims she is.

I hear her whistling “My Darlin’ Clementine” as her slippered feet happily scuffle off toward the kitchen. I put on the first clothing I find in my drawer—-sweatpants and my mom’s old Boston College sweatshirt—-then scrape my hair into a ponytail on the top of my head as I look around the room. Mannequin body parts and other macabre props are stored up here. It’s been my bedroom for only a month. I slept in the nursery with the A and Z twins when we first got here because they were afraid of ghosts and our creepy old house. But maybe they—-like Mom—-are getting used to this place?

The thought makes me shudder. I like my attic room because of the privacy. Plus, it’s the only room that isn’t ice cold, since all the heat rises up to me. But I don’t like much else about this old prison of a mansion.

One of the props, Silly Sally, is sitting in the rocker by the door as I leave. She’d be perfect for the ladies’ department at Macy’s if it weren’t for the gaping chest wound in her frilly pink blouse. “I hate you,” I tell her, batting at the other mannequin body parts descending from the rafters like some odd canopy. She smiles as if the feeling is mutual. I give her a kick on the way out.

Despite the morbid stories about this place, I don’t ever worry about ghosts. After all, I have Sawyer, and he is worse.

As I climb down the stairs, listening to the kids chattering in the nursery, I notice the money, accompanied by a slip of paper, on the banister’s square newel post. The car keys sit atop the pile. Before I can ask, Mom calls, “I need you to go to the store for us. OK, Seda, my little kumquat?”

I blink, startled, and it’s not because of the stupid nickname. I don’t have a license, just a learner’s permit. My mom had me driving all over the place when we first came here, but that was back then. Back when this was a simple two–week jaunt to get an old house she’d inherited ready for sale. There wasn’t another car in sight, so she figured, why not? She’s all about giving us kids experiences, about making sure we aren’t slaves to our iPhones, like so many of my friends back home. My mother’s always marching to her own drummer, general consensus be damned, usually to my horror. But back then, I had that thrilling, invincible, first–days–of–summer–vacation feeling that made anything seemed possible. Too bad that was short lived.

We’ve been nestled at Bug House like hermits for months. Well, that’s not totally true. Mom has made weekly trips down the mountain, alone, to get the mail and a gallon of milk and make phone calls to civilization. We were supposed to go back to Boston before school started, but that time came and went, and there’s no way we’re getting off this mountain before the first snow.

Snow.

I peer out the window. The first dainty flakes are falling from the sky.

Snow. Oh God. Snow.


That’s all I have for now so once again thank you to Sourcebooks Fire, and Netgalley for this awesome book! Let me know down below your thoughts and if you plan to read it and I’ll see you all in my next post!

 

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Weekly Reads TBR

Hey everyone! It’s time for the Weekly Reads TBR post! I have a lot of stuff going on now since I’m in school, but starting my new job as well so I’ll be spending a lot of my free time just like working on homework and sleeping. But I do plan on making an effort to read some stuff as well so we’ll see how that goes I guess.

So here are the books I plan on getting to this week!

So these are the books I really want to read this week.
I’m almost done with Alone by Cyn Balog, and I’ll be posting a blog post tomorrow night so stay on the lookout for that! It’s really good so far and I hope in the end I really like it! I know I’ve mentioned it a few times but I’ll leave a summary for those who haven’t seen my previous posts about it.

Summary:  It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

I also want to finish City of Brass which I am also reading but I barely started it. I’m like 20 pages in. I want to finish it this week as well so let’s hope I get to! Again so far so good! really loving it!

Summary: Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

Another book I want to read is Bonfire by Kysten Ritter. I don’t watch Jessica Jones but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book so far so again high hopes for this novel and hope I like it!

Summary: It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

The last book I want to get to is The Reader by Traci Chee. I have an arc of The Speaker so I want to get to this book so I can read The Speaker right after! This book sounds really interesting so we’ll see how I like it!

Summary: Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

Those are the books I really hope I get to read this week. Will definitely have to overlap them during the weekend for sure! I want to also listen to some audiobooks during my dries to work and school so I’ll see what I end up listening to. I have a few I want to get to but not sure which ones I’ll end up choosing.

And those are my reading plans this week! Let me know in the comments your thoughts and what you want to read this week!

 

 

 

The House

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The House by Christina Lauren

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published: October 5th, 2015

Rating: 5/5

Summary: His shirt is black, jeans are black, and shaggy black hair falls into his eyes. And when Gavin looks up at Delilah, the dark eyes shadowed with bluish circles seem to flicker to life.

He lives in that house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets.

Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.

So this book was part of my Own Books October and I’m so happy that I finally got to it! I listened to it mainly on audiobook, and then like the last 100 pages or so I read the physical copy of the book because I was getting so into it that I couldn’t stop and wait for the next day to read it. I just really wanted to find out what happened!

But I loved this audiobook. It had two narrators, one for each main character. And I thought that they did a good job! I really think it’s effective when there’s a narrator for the male and one for the woman. It clicks better in my head for some reason.

I’m really glad I got to this book because it was just so so good! I thought the idea of the house being the way it is in this book! It was super cool and so different from other spooky books I’ve read! It made me think of the Disney movie Smart House gone bad which gave me such memories! But I’ve never read a book like this so I’m glad I finally did! I buddy read this with my best friend Ro and she’s someone I fangirl over Christina Lauren with so it was super fun and nice to be able to binge this book together!

Deliah was a really good character. She was so sassy and so headstrong. She really wasn’t afraid to put herself out there for Gavin. I admired that about her because if she wanted something she really just went for it. Basically, she’s the reason she and Gavin are together. She’s so funny though! Also I loved seeing her relationship with Gavin. It was so different from many YA novels. They had known each other before and had a little history with each other, and that really made their relationship feel real to me. I also liked that there was really no other love interest for any of them, they were in love and no one was getting in their way in a way. I mean I know there was something going on, but still. It’s different! If you’ve read this book then you’ll know who the other “person” was.

Gavin was also a cute character. He was super cool and I liked his overall character in the novel. He was so cute with Deliah and I loved his moments with her. He was a really attentive boyfriend, who had a sad history it seemed.

Also, I love how Christina Lauren handled sex in this novel. It was one of the character’s first times, and they really handled that very well. They made it special. but they also didn’t make it super dramatic like some novels have the tendency to do.

I’ve been a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s books, so I’m really happy that this book was another of theirs that I’m adding to my favorites list. It was just a well-done book. The writing was really good, the characters were well rounded and interesting, the plot was super interesting and unique, and the overall world and storyline were great! Highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good YA romance with a really well thought out relationship. Also, anyone who loves a cool spooky story! You’ll really enjoy this novel! Highly recommend it, and their other books as well.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book and your thoughts, and if you have a favorite Christina Lauren book! Mine are Beautiful Bastard, The House, and Sweet Filthy Boy! I’m currently listening to Sublime so I’ll let you know my thoughts sometime soon!

Weekend Reads

Hey guys! I’m here with another Weekend Reads post! I have a few books that I want to read this weekend so here’s to hoping that I get to!

First book I want to read is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I want to read it mainly because we’re getting to the end of the month so I want to get my spooky reads in before the month is over! This book sounds really good so let’s hope it’s really spooky!

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Summary:  First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Another book I hope to get to is Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill! Loved the first book so much so since I got an ARC for the second book I plan on reading it! I need to devour this book so badly! What did you think of the first book?? I won’t leave a summary because it is the second book in the series, so read the first before checking this book out in the future!

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Last book I want to get to is Alone by Cyn Balog. I plan to read this mainly because I want to and I have a blog tour for this book as well so I need to get it done hahaha! Stay tuned for my post with this book!

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Summary: When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

Let me know what you plan on reading during the weekend and I’ll see you in my post!

Revenants: The Odyssey Home

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Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing LLC

Published: December 15th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

Summary: ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

I received this paperback copy for copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was interesting and very sad in some moments. You follow Betsy as she deals with the aftermath of losing her brother in the Vietnam War. You read about her heartbreak and sorrow, but it was very relevant and important to me anyways. I thought it was very interesting to read about Betsy and her string of bad decisions she makes afterwards.

Betsy ends up going into candy stripping at the hospital and she ends up making friends with some of the soldiers there. I liked seeing her interaction with them. They were all interesting people to read about. She also finds a solider in the attic being hidden from the world.

And that leads her on a mystery to uncover with a young reporter, and her younger brother.

I thought that part of the plot was super interesting! It lead you on so many twists and turns I didn’t expect that! I think that was my favorite part of the novel to be honest. I love a good mystery and this mystery with the unknown solider was different and mysterious.

I thought it was great that part of the story focused on this mystery, and another focused on Betsy and her quest to find healing after her brother is killed.

But I liked her relationship that developed with the mysterious soldier, they both gained something from each other and I felt it helped them both. I admired her need to help him, and help the other soldiers at the hospital; after thinking how it could have been her brother in their shoes.

For those that want to know, this book wasn’t an easy read. It really wasn’t. It’s not that it was a boring book so it was slow. I mean it was emotional and heavy, you really had to get past all the heartache to reach the end. But it’s something I really recommend to everyone to at least try. I read a few books that I would consider heavy, so I was prepared for this, even though it hit me hard. Especially because my dad was in the military, and my uncle was in Vietnam as well.

But overall this was as very powerful, and interesting novel. I enjoyed the writing, the storyline, the characters and the mystery. Highly recommend this book even though it was really sad. It’s something I feel like everyone will enjoy.

Author of the Month-October

Hey guys! So I haven’t done an AOTM in a while but I’m doing my best to try and bring it back! So I read The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz recently and it blew me away and since it was released this month I wanted to make it my AOTM book! I’ll leave the pages and such for Nikki below for you to check her out!

Goodreads page: Goodreads

Website: Website page

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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Published: October 17, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

So I really liked this book very much! This was the first book I tabbed while reading it and I liked that method a lot! I’ll be doing that a lot more in the future!

But this book was so interesting and reading it from Penny’s mind was so unique and cool! Because she kept losing her memories you had to try and find out what was real and what was not. I felt that all the characters were really interesting and really different from ones I had read before, and that really made this book stand out to me.

I thought Penny was a great main character, she didn’t have thoughts that other girl characters do, like self conscious thoughts about how plain she was and everything so that was refreshing. She was also a caring person and really went above and beyond to help her friends out as best she could; she never really thought only of herself and she had plenty of moments where she could but she just didn’t. Penny is also a brave girl and I really admired that about her, she faced a lot of difficult situations towards the end and she braved them and faced them head on.

Also her relationship with Cricket was so cute!

It was a really well done relationship. It wasn’t like she and him met and fell in love instantly, although I’m a sucker for that romance too not going to lie. But I loved uncovering all the history they both had with each other and see their relationship grow during the book. They were just so adorable, and I make plenty of pages that I thought were super cute to me.

And Cricket was a really good guy too. He was brave and strong, but tender with Penny at some moments, and I could tell that he really loved her. He was just a cheerful guy and I loved reading chapters with her and him together. They had a good relationship together and it didn’t feel rushed or anything. It was also really sweet, and thankfully not overly sexual. It was probably one of my favorite bookish relationships!

Master was another interesting character. He was honestly very dark, and I thought he was so deep and complex. He was so mysterious and I enjoyed the chapters from his youth before he opened the school. Also all the anatomy aspects in this book with Master were fun and interesting to read about. Overall he was a very unique character, one I don’t remember ever reading from another book.

Overall I found this book fun, interesting, dark, cute, and super fast paced! I loved it so much and it’s definitely a highlight this year! Definitely check it out in the future and I can’t wait to see what Nikki brings forth in the future!

See you all next post!

Book Outlet Haul

Hey everyone! So I did an order off Book Outlet….mainly because they were having a sale and they now have free shipping with orders over 35$. So I did two orders and this is the first one to come in. So here we go!

The first book is The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, which is the third book in The Taking trilogy(?). I have the first two and decided to get the last one so I can binge read it! This cover looks so cool! I think this is a trilogy about aliens??? Maybe?? I guess I’ll see when I read them!

I also got the hardcover of The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. My best friend Liz, blog link here: Liz’s Blog loved this book and the sequel so I decided to get the hardcover and read them both! I think it’s like Gossip Girl but in a high rise with like murder or something.

Summary: WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

I also got the Mirror King by Jodi Meadows which is the sequel to The Orphan Queen. I think it deals with the same characters from the first book. I don’t want to read the summary incase it contains spoilers,  but this cover is stunning! Oh man! Can’t wait to read this!

I also got Under the Lights by Abbi Glines. This is the second book in the Field Party companion series. I have the first and the third in hardcover so I finally got my hands on the second one in the same format.

Summary: Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever. 

This next book I haven’t heard anything about, but the cover drew me in and I hope it lives up to my expectations! It looks creepy so I might read this this month for Halloween! It’s called The End Games by T. Michael Martin.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance. 

I also got The Crown by Kiera Cass. I loved the first three books in this series so I plan to finish the last two this year. I’m collecting them all in hardcover so I got the last one to add to my collection! It’s so pretty oh my gosh! I love this cover!

The last book in this box is Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige. So I started reading this series on Audible and I loved it so much, but I never got the hardcovers for them so I got this one, and now all I need is one more and then I’ll be set! If you haven’t read these books before, I highly suggest you do! They’re really good! NAMY FOREVER!

And that was my small Book Outlet haul. The second box has quite a few more books so stay tuned for that! Sorry for all the book haul pictures! I buy way too many books even though I can’t afford it..,mehhh

Let me know your thoughts and I’ll see you all in my next post!

Book off Haul 2

Hey everyone! I’m here with my last Book Off haul from a week or so ago! They had some interesting books and I picked them up for my collection! Again for novels that aren’t the first books, I won’t be leaving a summary.

The first couple are some books by Julie Garwood. The Ransom is the sequel to The Secret so I’m excited that I have both of them so that I can read them both after the other now!

I got the four books in the Crown’s Spies series by Julie Garwood. The first is The Lion’s Lady, the second is Guardian Angel, the third is the Gift, and the last is Castles. I don’t know if there are going to be more or not but I got the four to read!

Summary of The Lion’s Lady: Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate’s passions, he tasted the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina’s cool charm and swore to possess her…

But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon’s sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!

I also got The Book of Scandal by Julia London which is the first book in the Scandalous Series. I hope I like it, I picked it up but I haven’t heard much about it so we shall see!

Summary: Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, is infamously known as the Libertine of Lindsey for his scandalous ways with women. But when he hears gossip that his estranged wife, Evelyn, is about to be named in The Book of Scandal, he has no choice but to remove her from London to protect her and himself from charges of treason — even if it calls for abduction! While Evelyn has no legal recourse against the man who broke her heart years ago but is still considered her lord and master, she is no longer the immature girl Nathan married. Her enforced homecoming quickly turns into a battle of wills that tears down her husband’s defenses and lays bare the passion that still burns between them. Before it is too late, Nathan must confront powerful adversaries as he convinces Evelyn that she is not only his wife, but the one woman he will love for all time. 

I also got A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen. This is the second book in the Scandalous Lady series. I think I have the first book but I can’t remember right now ha! I hope this one is good too! It looks sexy! Hehe!

I also got another Nora Roberts book that was 1$! I have so many of her books as Nora Roberts but sadly haven’t read any! I need to fix that ASAP! I’ve heard a lot about her books and just haven’t done it yet…I’m a horrible human being.

Summary: Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today’s most reliably entertaining thriller — and will leave people hungering for more. 

I also got Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot. I think I have all the books now, besides one or something, then I can binge read them! I liked the books I’ve read of hers, so I think I’ll end up liking this series too!

Lastly from Book Off I got The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. This is the second book to The Winter Sea. This is another author that I have multiple books by her but I haven’t read them yet…again I’m a horrible human being….

That’s all for this haul and I’ll see you all in my next post! I may be going on a small book buying ban but that never works for me honestly so let’s see what happens with that I guess… Let me know in the comments what books you recently acquired!

Unpopular Opinions Booktag

Hello! It’s time for me to do the Unpopular Opinions book tag! This was a video created by TheBookArcher on YouTube and I love reading and watching everyone’s answers so here are mine! I’ll link her channel here for you: The Book Archer

*Disclaimer: These are just my opinions, I am entitled to my own opinions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t like these books. I just personally don’t or do*
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

So….I didn’t like The Hunger Games…I read them all and I felt they were so boring. Katniss didn’t interest me at all. I felt they were really boring and also didn’t get interesting until the games happened, and overall I’ve read better books.

I also hated The House of Night series! I couldn’t even finish the first and I just can’t stand the main character! She’s freaking annoying as hell! Ugh!

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

Okay the main one for me is Twilight. I freaking loved the books so much! Mainly the first three. I love them so much and I have so many good memories with them! It’s always funny to me when people are like “I hate Twilight” when I know they were originally fans and read all the books and saw all the movies, but want to hate it to look cool. But whatever…

Also the Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee. I know a lot of people don’t like this series but again I really really liked it!

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

Um…for me I didn’t like Katniss and Peeta. And it’s not that I felt that she should have ended up with Gale, I just felt she shouldn’t have chosen anybody. I really felt like she felt she was settling for him because she couldn’t have Gale and didn’t want to be alone. I wish she would have chosen herself to let herself heal after all that she went to…

Also I didn’t feel like Bella should have ended up with Edward. I was a huge Team Jacob girl so I always felt from book 1 that she should have been with Jacob instead, mainly because they were such a cute couple. I felt that she was her true self with him, and was a better person when he was in her life.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for. 

Um, adult sci-fi. I really want to read them, I have a couple considered adult sci-fi but I haven’t read any of them besides Lord of the Rings, and some Star Wars books. But I want to read like Malice by John Gwynne, or books by Brandon Sanderson. But I just get so nervous picking them up and reading them. Maybe one day.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

I mainly like everyone that’s considered popular, but I did not like Katniss. Mainly because I felt that she lead on Peeta, even though she seemed to love Gale more. I just didn’t like how she went about all that. She kind of did the same thing to Gale. She would do stuff with Peeta for the games and he would get jealous, but she would go out of her way to make him love her still. I don’t know. I just never liked Katniss as a character.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into. 

Um, this author seems to be E. L James. I didn’t like 50 Shades of Grey. In fact, I hated the first book and got rid of it after 100 pages. And now she has another book coming out in this series told through the male POV like the book Grey. It’s called Darker or something. So she basically did a Midnight Sun, but for the whole entire series. Ugh. It’s trash. I hate that series. I’ve read so many better smutty romances, I don’t need to crap in my life.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I like a lot of different tropes people are tired of, but I like how authors add their own take to them. But the one I don’t often like reading are the books with the shy, “ugly”, plain main characters; who are randomly drop dead gorgeous. I just wish more girl main characters were comfortable being themselves or at least were girls that aren’t considered plain even though they’re really pretty.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Probably The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. I read most of the first book and didn’t enjoy it, so I’m not going to bother going back and trying to read it again. But I do want to read her goldseeker trilogy!

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I would have to say I like the Hunger Games movies better than the books. I just felt that they were more interesting than the books.

And there are my unpopular opinions! Let me know in the comments your opinions and I tag Liz at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews for this tag!

Seize Today Blog Tour

SeizeTodayTour

Hey everyone! I’m here today to talk to you about Seize Today by Pintip Dunn! I am so happy to be apart of the blog tour for this book and was thankful to be given the chance to do so!

For those that don’t know Pintip is the author of the Forget Tomorrow trilogy! I’ll insert some pictures down here, as well as her author profile link here: Author Website

 

 

Seize Today Cover

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Published:

Rating: 3.5/5

Summary: Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

*Thank you Netgalley for the e-Arc*

So I liked this book more than I did the first one. I don’t know why, because it’s usually opposite with me. But I found Olivia really interesting and I thought she was a really great character! It was interesting reading about her loyalty to her mother, who really is a horrible person but she refuses to really see that about her. I think it was great that we had the story from her POV because I liked reading about the different directions things could go in and seeing how her talent worked.

I did like that we saw Callie and Logan again in this book, as well as Jessa. I didn’t click with Callie and Logan in the first book, but this book was better with them in my opinion.

I think I just connected with Olivia more because her story was so much more emotional and it really pulled at your heartstrings. Olivia didn’t have a great childhood and you always felt so horrible for her.

I think it also warmed my heart that while Olivia’s mother, Chairwoman Dresden, Olivia would always hope that her mother would make the right choice.

It still sort of boggled my mind how she could be so loyal to her mother when she never made the right choices.

I think a main complaint I had was that Ryder wasn’t as active in this book, which bummed me out because I wanted to hear more from and about him so I wish that he was included more in this book. I did think that this trilogy was tied up well, and it didn’t feel like any loose threads were left. It’s always good because it gets frustrating when things are left unsolved, because you never got the answers you wanted.

Going back to Ryder, I think he really was interesting because he tended to contradict himself a lot. He was also a very angry character. It’s understandable considering what he went through, but it just always interested me that he was that way. He was also very closed off and didn’t trust anyone really. Again, understandable. It was interesting because his relationship with Jessa really changed in this book and it was shocking at first seeing how different he was with her.

I also thought this story did well going into the whole science of precognition, as that was always an interest of mine. But I think this book as definitely sci-fi heavy and I thought the author did a really good job with that!

Overall this series was interesting, and I felt that it got better as it went on. If you’re interesting in sci-fi then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and series. But I recommend this series to everyone who finds it interesting!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read it before as I would love to know!

I’ve also included an excerpt down below for you all to check out!


 

Excerpt:

Eleven years earlier…

I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.

I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.

I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they’re at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.

Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.

Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don’t see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.

So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.

“Are you bothering my mice again?” a little boy’s voice says. “Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!”

Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists’ labs. I’m here because my mom’s the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he’s here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.

He’s got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn’t eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents’ deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.

This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.

I don’t know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.

We don’t have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.

“Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day.” It can’t hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he’ll like me, too. “You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She’s my best friend.” Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn’t have to know that.

“Oh yeah? Well someday, I’m going to be the inventor of future memory,” he shoots back. “And then we’ll see who’s more important.”

I bite my lip. That wasn’t what I meant. I wasn’t trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.